I’m on a #OneThing bent this year courtesy of BabyMac. A drive to get some of those extra things that I always think about doing when I’m in bed, or driving the car. The week before school went back, it was all about the photo book.
I’ve talked about how we do photobooks before, but after last years’ book (which I finally completed in about November), I wasn’t super happy with the quality of the print. Though the program was super easy to use, the photos turned out very dark. So this year, I bit the bullet and used a new printer (Momento), which meant I had to download their program for putting together photos.
Of course that wasn’t the first step. Before I even started putting the photo album together, I needed to wade through the 3000 photos I took last year and choose the ones I wanted. Of course some of the photos I take for the blog, are not really photos I want in my photo album (I just don’t need 3 pics of a first aid kit in the family album). I do have separate folders for blog and family photos, but I still wanted to make sure I had all the photos I wanted.
Once I had chosen all the photos, I gave any unprocessed photos a quick clean up using Lightroom, which I use to edit and manage all my photos. When I edit photos, I just making sure the light is correct, the colour balance is good, and the photo is straight. Once this was done, I had to export all of the photos to create jpeg files for printing. With about 650 photos, this took a while.
After all the photos were exported, it was time to start putting the actual book together. I was expecting this to be long and tedious since I hadn’t used Momento’s software before. Turns out it was super easy to use, and I soon got the hang of how to do it. It was just a matter of dragging and dropping the pics into the right spot.
I was on the computer for a couple of hours and popped it together, uploaded it (at my parents house with their unlimited internet – super jealous of that), placed the order, and sat back feeling rather pleased with myself.
The book arrived last week, and I was super happy with it. Just to add to my smugness!
If you want to know more about photo books, printers, and different ways you can make them, check out this post from 2015.
Do you make photo year books? Have you made your photo book from last year?